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Meridian Hill Park is one of my favorite places in DC to shoot engagement sessions, surprise proposals, and yes, wedding portraits! It’s a sprawling park with many secluded spots ensuring no interlopers are in your photos.

But wait. Isn’t this post about the Josephine Butler Parks Center? Yes, and good catch.

Josephine Butler Parks Center is directly across the street from Meridian Hill Park. Maybe 50 feet. Not far enough to get your 10,000 steps in, but fret not – you’ll get those steps walking around the park for your amazing wedding portraits.

The center itself is “an 18,000 sq ft, 40-room Renaissance-revival style mansion.” In other words, it looks like a building transplanted from the Italian countryside.

It was once an embassy but now functions as “a nonprofit Center for Shared Space, Parks & People. [It] provides about 10-12 community-based non-profit culture and service organizations office space” supporting its mission to advance the parks and public spaces of Washington, DC. If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you’ll see that I have a thing for venue’s with admirable missions.

One of the benefits of having your wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center is that they have an extensive list of preferred caterers providing a wide range of deliciousness. I’ve written about three of these caterers in a previous post. You can read more about Well Dunn, Timber Pizza Co and Get Plated here.

Another benefit is that it has a parking lot (rare for DC) and is metro accessible.

Josephine Butler Parks Center Pricing

Of course, pricing is an important aspect when planning your wedding. The Josephine Butler Parks Center wedding cost (as of 2019) is as follows:

  • $4,200 to $8,400 during the the peak season of March, April, May, June, September, and October
  • $3,850 to $6,900 during July, August, November, and December
  • $2,000 to $5,700 during January and February

The venue has a wonderful team of experienced event professional that can handle anything you throw at them.

You can contact them at events@washingtonparks.net, give them a call at 202-462-7275, or stop by for a visit. Their address is:

Josephine Butler
Parks Center
2437 15th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009

My mission is to capture bold, modern, and distinctive photos for unconventional couples. I want to make you look epic, awesome, amazing, beautiful, and dapper – all the things you like and none of the things you don’t. Most importantly, I want to capture what makes you you.

If this sounds like you and your partner, I’d love to hear more about your dream wedding! Please reach out to me regarding availably and pricing. You can also e-mail me at chris@chrisferenzi.com.


Now for the fun stuff. Here are some photos from two weddings I photographed at Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Vendors for these weddings include:

Please reach out to me regarding availably and pricing. You can also e-mail me at chris@chrisferenzi.com.

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